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Arabic teaching in India
three-week UGC sponsored refresher course in Arabic was organized in Jamia
Millia Islamia, New Delhi from 30 January to 19 February. The eighth
Arabic refresher course held so far in JMI, it was attended by 26 teachers
of Arabic in colleges and universities around the country.
33 lectures delivered by experts covered a vast array of subjects ranging
from an introduction to modern Arabic literature, methods and curricula
development of teaching Arabic to non-Arabic speakers, modern Arabic
drama, modern Arabic poetry, literary movements of the Arab World, impact
of Hispano-Arabic verse on English love poetry, research methodology, the
art of translation, teaching of Arabic in India, Islamic literature in
India, Contribution of women to Arabic literature, Arabic journalism in
During this extended programme a panel discussion was also organized to
identify problems faced by teachers in teaching Arabic in India. The panel
comprised Prof. Syed Muhammad Ijtiba Nadwi, Prof. Shafiq Ahmad Khan Nadwi
and Prof. Zubair Ahmad Faroooqi. During the discussion the problems faced
by the teachers were highlighted and discussed which resulted in
identifying the problems and finding their solutions.
A seminar was also held in which participants discussed problems of Arabic
teaching in their respective states, non-availability proper training of
teachers and lack of Arabic books and resources as well as prospects of
Arabic in India.
Course activities also included preparation of research proposals,
reviewing an Arabic book and writing seminar papers on given topics in
Arabic under the supervision of senior professors.
Course teachers included professors Syed Muhammad Ijtiba Nadwi, Nisar
Ahmad Farooqi, Shafiq Ahmad Khan Nadwi, Muhammad Aslam Islahi, Syed Kafeel
Ahmad Qasmi, Muhammad Rashid Nadwi, Syed Zia ul Hasan Nadwi, Zubair Ahmad
Farooqi, Khalid Al-Razni and MG editor Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan. Tunisian
ambassador Dr. Muhammad Sahbi Basly attended the valedictory session.